Getting out of the familiar fantasy carousel and loving it •

When I have a conversation with someone about fantasy fiction, it seems like we always end up recommending the same things. Things like The Name of the Wind by Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicles), The Lies of Locke Lamora by Lynch (The Gentleman Bastard Series) or the Earthsea books – I revisited these recently, and book one and two are still absolute bangers – by the Guin. Tolkien is always implied, perhaps also Philip Pullman and George RR Martin, and Sapkowski is also popular now.

And this – this carousel with the same recommendations – it started to bother me. It’s not because the books are rubbish; they obviously are not. But they are known. Fantasy is saturated with them. And their voices, except le Guin, are all pretty much the same. I realized that I had become a little caught up in their influence, and I realized that I wanted something new.

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